I made the mistake of going on to a popular forum site that Thomas and Lindsay tell me about often. Once there I found a discussion of “Easy Strength” and one, um, “lifter” wrote that he/she couldn’t understand why I had all of these “different programs.”
So, I thought about it for a while. It’s true, this is the original program from Pavel:
“For the next 40 workouts, pick five lifts. Do them every workout. Never miss a rep, in fact, never even get close to struggling. Go as light as you need to go and don’t go over 10 reps in a workout for any of the movements. It’s going to seem easy. When the weights feel light, add more weight.”
And, that is exactly what I did…and I made the best progress of my career. It is that simple, yes…but not that easy. But, let’s be honest, thousands of years ago, Hippocrates said this:
“Obese people and those desiring to lose weight should perform hard work before food. Meals should be taken after exertion while still panting from fatigue. They should, moreover, only eat once per day.”
Yet, you can find books, PDFs, forums, discussion, magazine articles and all the rest of media arguing over the minutia of what I call “not eating.” Others call this “fasting.”
To make it more complex, we call it “Intermittent Fasting.”
So, thousands of pages are being written over the difference in “Not Eating” versus “Fasting” versus “Intermittent Fasting.”
When I say Easy Strength or the 40 Day Program or Even Easier Strength, it’s all about the same thing. Mostly.
I wrote an article that really goes into depth here and smart people would read it before starting the program.
For more information on the details, try my book, Intervention.
For more information about arousal, tension and heart rate, try my book, Now What?
The first book that I read specifically about training was Myles Callum’s body building and self-defense (all lower case, by the way).
“This method (isometrics/tension) is based on a new theory (the book was published in 1962) of muscle growth. German and American scientists and doctors have found that a muscle can grow at only a certain rate. And, according to this theory, it doesn’t take as much work as we used to think. If you flex any muscle to its maximum power and contraction, and hold it there for six seconds, once a day, the scientists say, the muscle will grow in strength just as fast as it can grow.
Whether or not this method of muscle tension can ever really replace weight-lifting is still a matter of controversy. Some scientists say it can; endless repeating of strenuous exercise, they say, “does not make the strength of a muscle grow any faster.” Weight-lifting, however, may make the size of the muscle grow faster.”
That’s the rub for most readers: Easy Strength is all about getting stronger. Hypertrophy is about body building, acquiring more lean body mass.
From my experience, most people are NOT strong enough to get much from bodybuilding work. They need to get stronger to get the hormonal cascade from the bodybuilding work.
And, to get stronger, you need to first learn tension, then add load.
That’s why I recommend learning tension from basic movements like:
- Push Up Position Planks (PUPPs)
- Hip Thrusts (and variations)
- Goblet Squats
- Farmer Walks (and Suitcase Carries)
These exercises not only teach movement (if needed), they also teach mastery of tension. Once tension is taught, Easy Strength builds the loads.
From there, the world of lifting is yours.